Transfer news LIVE: Tottenham confident of sigining Adama Traore, Barca want Chelsea's Christensen, Haaland LATEST

THE January transfer window is OPEN and deals are being completed all over Europe.

Tottenham are thought to be confident in wrapping up the signing of Adama Traore from Wolves.

SunSport can exclusively reveal Liverpool are eyeing a £60m deal for Porto's Colombian winger Luis Diaz.

And the Reds are also interested in Barcelona's wonderkid Gavi and are prepared to pay him 50 TIMES his current salary at the Nou Camp.

Philippe Coutinho has completed a return to the Premier League.

Barcelona have accepted a loan offer from Aston Villa, bringing the former Liverpool star back to England.

And Erling Haaland is a summer target for Real Madrid, who are confident they can land both him and Kylian Mbappe.

Meanwhile the big Premier League clubs are taking part in the FA Cup third round.

When does the 2022 January transfer window close?

The transfer window opened on January 1, and closes on the 31st at 11pm.

Clubs will be able to sign and sell players during that time, with the Premier League's winter break due to take place while the final week of the window is going on.

Get all the latest transfer news, gossip and updates here…

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  • Sandra Brobbey

    Barca chasing Oscar

    Barcelona are thought to have made contact with ex-Chelsea midfielder Oscar.

    Brazilian outlet TNT claims the Catalan giants have been in touch with the Brazil star, 30, who currently plays for Chinese Super League side Shanghai Sport.

    But it is thought the player's enormous wages could be an obstacle for attempts to sign him.

    The ex-Blues man is thought to earn a whopping £560,000-a-week.

    And his current contract with Shanghai runs until 2024.

    Toons after Palace's Mateta 

    Newcastle are thought to be keen on signing Crystal Palace forward Jean-Philippe Mateta.

    Eddie Howe is rumoured to want to sign a striker this month with Callum Wilson currently crocked and out of action.

    RMC Sport claims Mateta is among the players on the Toons' radar.

    But it is not clear whether the Tyneside giants are after a loan deal or a permanent switch.

    Dean keen on move

    Dean Henderson has informed Manchester United of his wish to seal a loan move this month.

    talkSPORT claims the Red Devils stopper, 24, is eager to get some first-team action.

    But he is facing a battle to dislodge first-choice United stopper David de Gea.

    However, Ralf Rangnick has reportedly told the keeper he would like to stay at Old Trafford in case injury or Covid leads him to be called into action.

    Rangnick told talkSPORT “A couple of weeks ago he asked me but I told him I’d rather have him stay until the end of the season.

    “We are very happy with our goalkeepers but if it’s up to me I wouldn’t want him to leave.”

    “David is playing well but we have Covid, you can have an injury and we need three top goalkeepers.”

    • Dylan Terry

      Good morning footy fans

      Tottenham are reportedly ‘confident of sealing’ the transfer signing of Adama Traore this month.

      Wolves winger Traore, 25, has been linked with a move to North London for months.

      Now The Athletic reports that ‘there’s confidence that a deal can be done’ for Traore before the end of the January transfer window.

      Meanwhile, Philippe Coutinho has completed his medical ahead of his loan move to Aston Villa in style after taking a private jet to France.

      The Brazilian star, 29, agreed to reunite with former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard in the Midlands on a short-term deal last week.

      The out-of-favour Barcelona star took a private jet to France with wife Aine and friend Juan Vasconcellos.

      However, Newcastle aren’t having much luck in the transfer market as their proposed move for Sven Botman is OFF, according to reports.

      Lille see Botman, 21, as ‘untouchable’ and will open talks over an improved contract in the summer, despite his current deal not expiring until the end of the 2024-25 season.

      And finally, Barcelona reportedly ruling themselves out of the running for Arsenal transfer target Renato Sanches.

      El Nacional claims the Lille midfielder is ready for a new adventure this summer.

      But Barcelona boss Xavi is not convinced Sanches has the right attributes to succeed in Spain.

    • Justin Lawrence

      Gerrard faces United boo-boys

      Steven Gerrard turned and stared down a hostile Manchester United crowd who booed him as he walked to the dugout for this evening's FA Cup clash at Old Trafford.

      The Aston Villa manager got a less then friendly reaction from the Red Devils faithful because of his legendary status with their big rivals Liverpool.

      Gerrard was often barracked by United fans during his incredible 17 years of service as a player for the Reds.

      But this evening's clash at Old Trafford was the first time he has led a side out as a manager.

      The 41-year-old walked out of the tunnel and started making his way up the touchline.

      As he did so he heard the loud boos coming from behind him and spun on his heels to stare back at the baying crowd.

    • Justin Lawrence

      Rashford back with girlfriend

      Marcus Rashford is back dating his childhood sweetheart — just eight months after their “painful” split.

      Marcus and Lucia Loi — both 24 — are believed to have linked up again shortly before Christmas.

      University graduate Lucia was then spotted getting into the England forward’s car following United’s 1-0 defeat against Wolves on January 3.

      She also posted a cryptic picture on Instagram of a tattooed man’s hand resting on her boot.

      A source said: “The intent for them to get back together has always been there.

      “The break was good for their relationship as it offered them both space and assurance that they wanted to make this work moving forward.

      “They have been together since school so an opportunity to breathe and focus on themselves was important.”

      Another source said: “They have a shared history. She is one of the people who knows him best. They got back together before Christmas and are taking things slowly.

      “But they make each other happy and he knows she is loyal and he can trust her.”

    • Justin Lawrence

      Spurs Kessie chase given boost

      Spurs' transfer pursuit of Franck Kessie has been given a huge boost as the midfielder's contract talks with AC Milan have reportedly fully collapsed.

      Milan have been trying to pin down Kessie to a new deal but talks hit a brick wall quite some time ago and haven't yet reconvened.

      And according to Sky Sport Italia, Kessie's agents have no plans to launch negotiations again either.

      Which will be great news for Tottenham who have been tracking Kessie for quite some time.

    • Justin Lawrence

      Arsenal speed up Wijnaldum interest

      Arsenal have reportedly ramped up their interest in PSG midfielder Wijnaldum.

      The Gunners have been linked with a move for the ex-Liverpool man in this January's transfer window.

      And now the Gunners have heightened their pursuit of the Dutch star, according to Fichajes.

    • Justin Lawrence

      Newcastle keen on Hugo Ekitike

      Newcastle are interested in Stade Reims striker Hugo Ekitike, according to reports.

      The 19-year-old only made his senior debut in August but has exploded on to the Ligue 1 scene since.

      French Ekitike has eight goals and three assists from his 17 league appearances this season.

      And the Magpies are keen to add him to their ranks, according to Sky Sports News.

    • Justin Lawrence

      Fans mock Rooney

      Fans hoping to spend a night with Wayne Rooney will have to fork out up to £450 for a ticket.

      For that huge price you meet the footie ace and get a signed Man United shirt.

      But many mocked the cost of the Evening With . . . event.

      Steven Garrett posted online: “The prices are a f disgrace.”

      Jill Moorehead wrote on Facebook: “Not at that price.”

      And David Bryan added: “Would be a waste of money.”

    • Justin Lawrence

      Arsenal in Sanches transfer boost

      Arsenal have been given a transfer boost with Barcelona reportedly ruling themselves out of the running for Renato Sanches.

      El Nacional claims the Lille midfielder is ready for a new adventure this summer.

      But Barcelona boss Xavi is not convinced Sanches has the right attributes to succeed in Spain.

      The Portugal international struggled to impress during his time with Bayern Munich.

      And despite reinventing himself at Lille, Xavi does not agree with Barcelona president Joan Laporta that a move for Sanches makes sense.

      It’s added that the playmaker nearly joined Barcelona last summer under Ronald Koeman before suffering an injury.

      But with Xavi now calling the shots, Sanches’ route to Catalonia has come to a dead end.

    • Justin Lawrence

      Newcastle’s transfer for Sven Botman ‘OFF’

      Newcastle's move for Sven Botman is OFF, according to reports.

      Lille rejected the Toon's £30million bid last week with Eddie Howe itching to bolster his shaky back-line.

      The Magpies were believed to be mulling over an improved offer having signed England star Kieran Trippier in a £12m deal from Atletico Madrid.

      But transfer guru Fabrizio Romano claims the cash-strapped French giants will hold firm despite their financial woes.

      Lille see Botman, 21, as 'untouchable' and will open talks over an improved contract in the summer, despite his current deal not expiring until the end of the 2024-25 season.

    • Justin Lawrence

      Arsenal in Sanches transfer boost

      Arsenal have been given a transfer boost with Barcelona reportedly ruling themselves out of the running for Renato Sanches.

      El Nacional claims the Lille midfielder is ready for a new adventure this summer.

      But Barcelona boss Xavi is not convinced Sanches has the right attributes to succeed in Spain.

      The Portugal international struggled to impress during his time with Bayern Munich.

      And despite reinventing himself at Lille, Xavi does not agree with Barcelona president Joan Laporta that a move for Sanches makes sense.

      It’s added that the playmaker nearly joined Barcelona last summer under Ronald Koeman before suffering an injury.

      But with Xavi now calling the shots, Sanches’ route to Catalonia has come to a dead end.

    • Justin Lawrence

      Coutinho completes Aston Villa medical

      Philippe Coutinho has completed his medical ahead of his loan move to Aston Villa after taking a private jet to France.

      The Brazilian star, 29, agreed to reunite with former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard in the Midlands on a short-term deal last week.

      The out-of-favour Barcelona star took a private jet to France with wife Aine and friend Juan Vasconcellos.

    • Justin Lawrence

      Sevilla ‘ready’ new Martial bid

      Sevilla are reportedly set to launch a new bid for Manchester United misfit Anthony Martial.

      Ekrem Konur claims the Spaniards will make a fresh approach to sign the striker on loan after seeing an initial offer rejected.

      Martial has told interim United boss Ralf Rangnick he wants to move this month.

      But Sevilla’s first bid was deemed insufficient by the Red Devils chief.

      It’s now reckoned the LaLiga giants are putting together a new package in the hopes of luring Martial away from Old Trafford.

    • Justin Lawrence

      Antonio Conte could quit Tottenham

      Antonio Conte could quit Tottenham just months after joining if he's not backed in the transfer market, claims Jamie O'Hara.

      The Italian joined Spurs in November on an 18-month contract and O'Hara reckons the North London club will have to spend to keep him happy.

      O'Hara said: “The fans are sick of hearing the same old rubbish. You can see it in Antonio Conte’s interviews already when he’s saying they need to improve and need the players.

      “You’ve got to be very careful as a manager, they [the club] can say what they want to get him in, ‘we’ll give you this and that, we’ll back you’.

      “But when you’re in things can change very quickly and if he doesn’t sign two or three players and the window shuts at the end of January it wouldn’t surprise me if Antonio Conte walked away."

      “If he doesn’t get what he wants, he will fall out with Daniel Levy. Daniel Levy needs to step up and sign some top quality players to get Tottenham into the top four because it’s there for us this season."

    • Justin Lawrence

      Hasenhuttl blasts Prem teams for Covid cancellations

      Ralph Hasenhuttl has blasted Premier League teams for calling off fixtures saying the coronavirus is "not the decisive factor".

      His Southampton side will take on Brentford tomorrow while Leicester's match at Everton has been postponed due to a combination of coronavirus cases, injuries and Africa Cup of Nations call-ups.

      Unhappy Hasenhuttl says he has always tried to field a team- no matter what injuries or covid cases he has in his squad – and wants the rules on postponing fixtures changed.

      He said: "I cannot speak about the situation there [at Leicester] but I know our situation.

      "We also have international call ups. We have also covid cases. We also have a lot of injuries, and before we cancelled a game, we signed a new goalkeeper [in Willy Caballero].

      "I can't speak about the opposition's situation. The Premier League should know the details but the transparency is not there for us.

      "Never has a game been cancelled from our side this season. We had a similar situation last season before the Manchester United game and we had eight or nine academy players and we lost [the game 0-9]."

    • Justin Lawrence

      Liverpool could cash in on forgotten star

      Liverpool could be about to receive some money for former star Allan.

      Former Reds boss Brendan Rodgers signed the Brazilian in 2015 for £500,00 but he was loaned out several times due to work permit issues.

      The Reds eventually sold Allan in 2020 to Atletico Mineiro in 2020 for £3.2m and made a £2.7m on the midfielder.

      And he's been in scintillating form ever since – that hasn't gone unnoticed by a number of European giants.

      Liverpool would benefit if any of the rumoured parties make a move for Allan as they inserted a sell-on clause into his contract before he left Anfield two years ago.

    • Justin Lawrence

      'Ward-Prowse is world's best set-piece taker'

      Brentford boss Thomas Frank reckons Southampton star James Ward-Prowse is the best right-footed set-piece taker in the world.

      Only the left-footed PSG ace Lionel Messi comes close to Ward-Prowse when it comes to taking free-kicks, Frank thinks.

      Brentford take on S'oton in the Prem on Tuesday and Frank warned his side not to give away any set-pieces because Ward-Prowse will more than likely make them pay.

      Frank said: " Ward-Prowse is maybe the best set-piece taker in the league, maybe he’s even the best free-kick taker in the world.

      “There’s one left-footer at PSG who’s right up there and is pretty good as well.

      “So maybe Ward-Prowse is the best right-footed free-kick taker in the world.

      “So many times he just puts it into the top corner."

    • Justin Lawrence

      Tottenham ‘confident' of signing Traore

      Tottenham are reportedly ‘confident of sealing’ the transfer signing of Adama Traore this month.

      Wolves winger Traore, 25, has been linked with a move to North London for months.

      The Spain international is believed to be available for a cut-price £20million as Wolves look to raise funds to make their own buys this month.

      Now The Athletic reports that ‘there’s confidence that a deal can be done’ for Traore before the end of the January transfer window.

    • Kealan Hughes

      City youngster set for switch

      Stoke are set to add a fresh face to their defensive line this month with the news that Manchester City youngster Taylor Harwood-Bellis is on his way to the Potters on loan, as reported by John Percy of The Telegraph.

      The youngster is highly regarded at the Etihad and has already racked up a lot of experience considering his age.

      Most recently, he even spent some time on loan in Belgium, where he continued to shine.

    • Kealan Hughes

      Milner earns Cristiano Ronaldo comparison

      James Milner is in physical shape to rival the chiselled Cristiano Ronaldo.

      That’s according to ex-Manchester City physio Paul Webster, who has lifted the lid on the now-Liverpool star’s fitness regime.

      Milner celebrated his 36th birthday earlier this month but is still turning out in huge games for Jurgen Klopp’s Reds.

      And Webster revealed the midfielder has the stamina to match the sculpted Ronaldo – also 36 – telling Goal: “I watched (Milner) against Chelsea and he was probably one of the fittest on the pitch.

      “He looks young, he looks fit, he's probably got eight percent body fat or something ridiculous.

      "He's a bit like Ronaldo. I've never worked with Ronaldo, but I know people that have and I get the same impression."

    • Kealan Hughes

      Bling boots for Salah & Mane

      Mo Salah and Sadio Mane have received custom boots ahead of the start of their Africa Cup of Nations campaigns.

      And they will be hoping they can light up the tournament with their incredible new footwear.

      Salah has a deal with Adidas who have produced a gold and red boot for him to wear.

      The shoe has 'MO' marked into the back of the left boot and a crown marked into the back of the right.

      Meanwhile, Mane's deal with New Balance has seem them customise a fiery orange and blue shoe for him to showcase at the Cup of Nations.

      The laces read: "The Lion Roars: Sadio Mane" in reference to Senegal's nickname "The Lions of Teranga".

    • Kealan Hughes

      Familiar faces missing for United

      Manchester United arrived at the Hyatt hotel this afternoon ahead of their FA Cup clash with Aston Villa – but Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire were nowhere to be spotted.

      The Red Devils welcome their fellow Premier League side to Old Trafford this evening for their third-round clash.

      Ralf Rangnick's troops arrived at the Hyatt this afternoon before making their way to the Theatre of Dreams.

      But club legend Ronaldo and skipper Maguire weren't with their team-mates as they checked into the plush hotel.

      Their absences are likely not a cause for concern as neither man is understood to have any injuries.

      It's more than likely they're making their own way to the hotel later this afternoon.

    • Kealan Hughes

      Shinji Kagawa makes Belgium switch

      Former Manchester United star Shinji Kagawa has joined Belgian side Sint-Truiden on a free transfer.

      The 97-cap Japan international, 32, was released by Greek side PAOK last month after less than a year at the club.

      But Kagawa has been given a chance to revive his career with a move to the Belgian top-flight club.

      On the move, Kagawa told the club website: "Hello STVV supporters.

      "I have made the decision to come with a strong determination.

      "I want to contribute with my football and experience and help the team achieve its goals.

      "I look forward to serving the fans and supporters. Thank you for your support."

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